Since there are no laws in the state of Texas that specifically refer to
sexting, minors who are charged with sexting are punished according to
laws that refer to distribution and possession of child pornography. The
consequences of violating such laws can be life-changing for the sender,
the recipient, and the families involved. If your child is being charged
with a crime of any kind in Houston, you will need an
experienced juvenile defense lawyer in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your child.
In Texas, children and teenagers who are charged with sexting are punished
under a state law that prohibits electronic transmission of sexual depictions
of minors. Under this law, minors who send sexually explicit photos of
themselves or other minors may be charged with distributing child pornography.
In cases of a dating relationship in which two minors only sent and received
sexually explicit images of one another, a defense can sometimes be made.
(However, this only applies when couples involving one or more minors
are within 2 years of age.)
In recent years, Texas lawmakers have downgraded the electronic exchange
of sexually explicit images between minors from a felony to a Class C
misdemeanor, which could make them subject to maximum fines of $500, a
mandatory class on the risks of sexting, and some form of community service
or probation. After turning 18, minors charged with a Class C misdemeanor
can have their record expunged and avoid the consequences of having sex
crimes listed on their criminal record and in background checks.
If your child is facing the legal ramifications of exchanging sexually
explicit images online or through other electronic means, don’t
wait to get the help you need. With a proper defense, you may be able
to avoid large fines for your child’s alleged sexting and help your
child avoid receiving the full brunt of legal punishment. Call our experienced
juvenile defense attorney at
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC at (713) 489-2009 or get a
free case evaluation today to get started.